Monday, October 13, 2014

Pieces of You by Ella Harper

Lucy. I don’t even know how to start this letter.
Something happened. Something terrible . . .

Lucy was always sure of one thing – her future with husband and soulmate Luke. But after eight long, heartbreaking years trying to have a baby, that future is crumbling before her eyes.
When a terrible accident puts Luke into a coma, Lucy is forced to reassess everything she thought she wanted.

Then a woman arrives with a shocking secret that will force Lucy to make the hardest decision of her life. 

MrsNorthman's Review
This is an extremely sad book.  Lucy and Luke's story broke my heart for so many different reasons. 

It was obvious to anyone that heard Luke talk about Lucy or saw them together that they were in love.  They just had that intense connection everyone searches for.  That's not to say their lives were perfect, but they always had each other. 

"I love you, Stripes," he said, his hand resting on my hip. 'Like, to pieces."

That all changed when Luke ended up in a coma after a horrific accident.  Talk about having the worst day ever.  Lucy has her eighth miscarriage and is brought to the hospital, only to find out her husband, that she hasn't been able to reach, is on a different floor in a coma.  Lucy and Luke's family take shifts for months after the accident, watching over him and hoping that the vibrant, comical, adoring Luke they  all miss will come back to them. 
But things only get worse, even a little awkward.  Lucy finds out that Luke has been keeping a devastating secret.  She was so wrapped up in the heartbreak from not being able to carry a baby to term that she didn't see what all the miscarriages had done to Luke.  The secret shocks their families and close friends.  Most even question if it's true.  But when faced with the reality, there is no denying that it happened and no one will ever be the same.
"It's amazing how someone can break your heart, but you still love them will all the little pieces."
This book was a rollercoaster of emotions and even though it gutted me, I enjoyed it.  I loved the quirky, playfulness that Lucy and "Stripes" had together.  My emotions surrounding Luke were all over the place throughout the whole book. I loved him at one point, then found myself disappointed in him, only to be distraught, pissed off and finally back to loving him again.  It broke me every time he called Lucy, "Stripes".  It's really hard to imagine what I would have done in Lucy's situation, but I don't know if I would have had the strength she did at the end.  I grew to adore these characters and appreciated that the story switched from Lucy's POV to Luke's sister and mother.  It really showed how the whole family was affected by his coma and the secret.  If you are like me and enjoy a sad story, full of emotion, every now and then, I highly recommend this book.
4/5 Fangs
*Complimentary copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

MrsLeif's Review
Reading Pieces of You broke my heart a little bit.
The story revolves around a family whom already have experienced the lost of a father.
The main characters are a couple: Lucy and Luke Harte who love each other dearly. Their lives would be perfect if it wasn’t for the agonizing misfortune of not being able to carry a pregnancy to term. Lucy has had several miscarriages over the years and they’re on their last IVF baby. Just when things seem to be going great for them, a new tragedy occurs.
Luke’s sister, Nell is also dealing with her own misery and she’ll have to make a tough decision soon.
Luke’s mom still misses her husband dearly and her other son who left them and move to Australia.

My thoughts: 

Luke seems to be a great guy but he wasn’t perfect. Far from it. I wanted to hate him but I just couldn’t. He was so sweet to Lucy. I truly believed he loved her. His attention to details to make Lucy happy were so heartfelt. That’s why his betrayal was devastating.  
I was happy that Patricia opened her heart again towards her family and her romantic life too. 
It was very hard for me to sympathize with Nell. In my eyes she was weak. 
I like how the author gave us several characters POV’s. It helped create a better picture in my mind of the family dynamics and how they were all dealing with what life threw at them.
My disappointment is mostly about Lucy. She didn’t deserve the things that happened to her. She was a good person with a good heart. I would’ve love for the author to have given me a happier Lucy. 
The ending to me was not logical.  In my mind you can only forgive and forget so much. 

"I love you, Stripes," he said, his hand resting on my hip. 'Like, to pieces."

3.5/5 Fangs
*Complimentary copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

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